If you’re looking for Montessori science experiments to enjoy in the classroom with your students, or need some boredom busters to keep your little ones learning at home, this collection of ideas will NOT disappoint.
My husband and I decided to enrol our Sweet Girl into the Montessori system ~2 years ago, and it was hands down one of the best decisions we’ve ever made as parents. The small classroom sizes combined with the child-led approach to learning is perfect for her, and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching her confidence and independence grow over the last couple of years. She loves going to school each day, and I love that she is able to zero in on the materials she is most passionate about while still being challenged to dig into other, more challenging lessons.
I also enjoy seeing all of the cool Montessori materials available to the children, and hearing all of the engaging, hands-on activities the class does each week. And since my daughter has always enjoyed doing experiments with me, I decided to collect some Montessori science experiments we can do at home together.
What is the Montessori Method of Teaching?
Before we dig in, I wanted to quickly explain what the Montessori method of teaching is for those who are new to this approach to learning. Feel free to skip down to the list of Montessori science experiments and materials toward the end of this post if you’re already part of a Montessori-inspired school system!
The Montessori system offers an alternative and individualized approach to education. Teachers – or guides as they are often called – introduce lessons and the children then decide which materials they wish to work on each day. Limits are imposed to ensure students complete each part of the curriculum throughout the year, and teachers provide one-on-one lessons based on the child’s academic abilities and interests.
One thing I appreciate most about the Montessori system is that it allows for long, uninterrupted work periods – one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. This allows children to dig deep into their lessons, rather than just engaging with them for a short period of time.
If you’re looking for more information about the Montessori system to help you decide if it’s the educational approach you’d like to take with your children, I highly recommend the following books:
- Turning Education Inside-Out: Confessions of a Montessori Principal
- Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three
- How To Raise An Amazing Child the Montessori Way
- Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Pre-School Years
What Are the Benefits of Montessori Education?
- It offers smaller class sizes
- It teaches practical life skills
- It’s highly individualized and child-centered
- It helps develop self-discipline
- It’s very hands-on
- It encourages collaboration with peers
- It allows for longer work periods, resulting in fewer transitions throughout the day
Why Is It Important To Do Science Experiments with Kids?
With STEM education – a multifaceted approach to learning that combines science, technology, engineering, and math to develop a child’s problem solving and critical thinking skills while also encouraging creativity, communication, and teamwork – becoming an area of focus in classrooms around the world, finding ways to foster a love for science in our children is becoming more important than ever.
When we engage our children in activities such as the Montessori science experiments included below, we:
- Encourage higher level thinking
- Teach children not to accept the status quo and make their own predictions
- Foster an interest and excitement for research
- Provide opportunities for failure in a safe environment
- Encourage innovative and creative thinking
- Teach children how to work collaboratively
Getting kids excited about science at a young age can have a huge impact on their academic growth and development, not to mention their career paths.
26 Super Fun Montessori Science Experiments
As mentioned earlier, the Montessori system is very hands on, and these Montessori science experiments definitely support this approach to learning!
Magic Milk Science Experiment | Natural Beach Living
Homemade Butter Science Experiment | 123 Homeschool 4 Me
How to Leaves Breathe? | Discover. Learn. Connect.
Hot Ice Science Experiment | Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
What Dissolves in Water? | Learn – Play – Imagine
Why Do Pinecones Open and Close? | Parenting Chaos
How Clouds Make Rain | Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Water Filtration Experiment | Teach Beside Me
Growing Crystals Science Experiment | Creekside Learning
Disappearing Egg Shell Experiment | Premeditated Leftovers
Fun with Fungus | Left Brain Craft Brain
Sink or Float Science Experiment | A Dab of Glue Will Do
Why Do Birds Fly in a V? | How Wee Learn
Ocean Currents Science Experiment | Life Over C’s
How Arctic Animals Stay Warm | The Science Kiddo
What Melts in the Sun? | Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
How Do Folded Mountains Form? | The Chaos and the Clutter
How Much Water Is In Snow? | Discover. Learn. Connect.
Simple Soil Science | Left Brain Craft Brain
How Much Salt is Needed to Float in Water? | Uplifting Mayhem
Why Are There Craters on the Moon? | I Can Teach My Child
Does It Rust? Oxidation Science Experiment | Teach Beside Me
Invisible Ink Science Experiment | Homeschool-101
Using Lemons to Make Batteries | Preschool Inspirations
The Science of Sound Waves Experiment | Discover. Learn. Connect.
How Do Penguins Stay Dry? | Teachers Pay Teachers
If you’re looking for MORE Montessori science inspiration, check out these fabulous science books for kids!
- The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book
- Awesome Science Experiments for Kids: 100+ Fun STEM / STEAM Projects and Why They Work
- The Curious Kid’s Science Book: 100+ Creative Hands-On Activities for Ages 4-8
I hope you enjoy this collection of Montessori science experiments as much as we intend to! Remember that there is no age limit when it comes to getting kids excited about science. Start young, appeal to your little one’s interests and passions, make it hands on, and (most importantly) have fun!
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